According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are actively exploring trade opportunities in addition to free agent targets to bolster their pitching rotation.
Yankees have interest in Kluber, Carrasco and Paxton in addition to free agent targets Corbin, Happ and CC. NYY meeting with at least Indians today.
Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco highlight the possible trade targets the Yankees have shown interest in. Kluber, the two-time Cy Young winner, is under contract through 2019 with team options through 2021. The 32-year-old went 20-7 last year with a 2.89 ERA. He has also pitched over 200 innings every year since 2014 and offers the consistency the Yankees rotation has been lacking
Carrasco may be a cheaper option for the Yankees, since he’ll be a free agent after the 2019 season. The Venezuelan born right-hander went 17-10 in 2018 with a 3.38 ERA. Carrasco has been an important piece of the Indian’s rotation since 2014. Since then, he’s always finished with a winning record and ERA under 4.00. According to Heyman, Yankees are reportedly meeting with the Indians today to explore the possibilities of a trade.
In addition to the Cleveland pitchers, the Yankees have also expressed interest in Seattle’s southpaw James Paxton. The Mariners are reportedly entertaining offers on all players except Mitch Haniger, Edwin Diaz, and Marco Gonzales. In addition to throwing a no hitter against the Blue Jays, Paxton went 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 2018. He also struck out 208 batters in 160.1 innings of work.